12th > December > 2011 Archive
Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook
ReviewDon’t worry, the XPS 14z may be one of Dell’s new "thin and powerful" range, but it doesn’t fit into the superslim Ultrabook category so there’s absolutely no need whatsoever for a gratuitous comparison with Apple's MacBook Air.
REVEALED: People write things on Twitter, Media
If a tree falls over and no-one tweets about it, will it get picked up by the mainstream media or not?
NAS door gives drag-n-drop access to linear tape vault
With StrongBox Crossroads has built a NAS head for tape libraries that combines disk access speed with tape's low-cost and longevity, and can cut file storage costs by 90 per cent.
Hitachi GST unzips to reveal hard internal 4TB whopper
Hitachi GST has a 4TB desktop disk drive on sale in Tokyo, although no product announcement has been made. This would be the world's first 4TB internal drive.
Concerns over plan to boost pharma by releasing NHS data
Earlier this week the Government announced proposals (40-page / 2.1MB PDF) to change the NHS Constitution so that information stored about patients would be automatically shared with life sciences researchers via a new anonymised database unless patients elect for their details not to be included.
Gov websites' value not at all clear despite trimming
The government has failed to routinely measure the benefits of its main portals - the Government Gateway, Directgov and Business.gov - which together have cost £90.3m over the past three years, says the National Audit Office (NAO).
Philips Fidelio AS851 speaker
Geek Treat of the WeekPhilips’ Fidelio speakers for iOS - such as the DS9 - have gotten a big thumbs-up from us in the past, and now Philips has released a new range specifically designed for Android devices.
iPad 3 out in March/April say part maker moles
The next iPad will be out in three to four months' time after going into production in January. Component makers are already shipping parts.
Floods? What floods? Seagate to open new Thai disk fab
Despite the devastating and deadly floods in Thailand, Seagate will spend $30m (£19.1m) to finish building a new disk read-write head plant in the south-east Asian nation.
Elon Musk's private Dragon ship to dock with ISS in Feb
NASA has announced that - all being well - the first mission to the International Space Station by a privately built and operated spacecraft will lift off on February 7. The craft will be a Dragon capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket, both made and handled by techbiz visionary Elon Musk's new company SpaceX.
Global BlackBerry web filter vow to block child abuse sites
RIM's proxy-style web delivery is bypassing mobile network operators' filters on internet filth, including the thoroughly illegal sites listed by the Internet Watch Foundation, much to the delight disgust of the Daily Mail.
Chinese strike hits Hitachi GST ahead of WD buy
More than 1,000 workers at a Hitachi GST-owned disk drive plant are striking over severance pay connected to the Western Digital acquisition.
O2 rents out latest iPhones to tease panting fanbois
O2 reckons it’s the first UK operator to lease smartphones to small businesses, providing annual upgrades and free insurance, but no phone at the end of the day.
O2 calls for consumers to lease iPhones
O2 claims to have become the first UK network operating to offer a leasing programme for smartphones. Customers will be able to rent iPhones for a year, eliminating the need for long-term commitment and large upfront costs.
Sony ships 3G Android tablet
The 3G-enabled version of Sony's wedge-shaped Tablet S has surfaced at last.
2011's Best... Smartphones
Xmas Gift GuideThe modern smartphone is the true Swiss Army knife of gadgets. Want to listen to music? Watch a video? Browse the web? Read a book? Keep up with your friends? Take a picture? Make a video? A smartphone can do all those things, with ever increasing competence.
Web scam-busting trio thwarted by mystery DDoS rocket
UpdatedA bunch of anti-scam sites was knocked offline last week by fierce and apparently well-organised distributed denial of service attacks.
NotW didn't delete Milly Dowler 'false hope' voicemail
New evidence has emerged that shows that the News of the World was not responsible for deleting voicemail messages on murder victim Milly Dowler's phone, a move that gave her family false hope that the schoolgirl might still be alive.
Churlish gadget cusses those who use it
NSFWCult comic collective Modern Toss is holding an exhibition this week, showcasing its 2011 catalogue of work, which includes the outfit's mannerless machine, the Interactive Periodic Table of Swearing.
Microsoft beaten down 16pc on software sales to NHS
The UK's Cabinet Office has lifted the embargo on NHS Trusts buying Microsoft software after negotiating a double-digit discount on current pricing, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Amazon preps major update for Kindle Fire UI
Amazon will roll out a major update for its Kindle Fire firmware before Christmas, the online retail giant has promised.
Google execs eye NASA's Hangar One to park their air fleet
Google's co-founders are on a mission to save NASA's Hangar One, which once housed the US Navy's airships at Moffett Field but has latterly been rented by the Chocolate Factory's top brass to provide a shelter for - among other things - a fighter jet.
Desktop virt used to cope with Starbucks workforce security
The trend for mobile working has fuelled demand for desktop virtualisation, says a survey by Citrix as employers want to know that their out-of-office workforce are on secure machines.
Durban failed: Relax, everyone
AnalysisThe United Nations Organisation's COP17 climate conference has finished - and if you're a concerned energy user in IT manufacturing, an investor, or simply taxpayer, there shouldn't be anything the draft agreement to worry you. Not any more than you have to worry about already.
Brazil, China trample UK in virtualization gold rush
Mexico, China and other rising economies are quicker at employing new technologies than the UK, meaning that Britain is lagging behind in the shift to server virtualisation, according to a survey by Dell and Intel.
Meet the boffin who gave GPUs a bigger bang for the Buck
SC2011One of the presentations I caught at SC11 was by GPU computing pioneer Ian Buck - which is a good name for a pioneer, I think.
Fake anti-virus victims in line for slice of $8m payout pie
US watchdogs plan to refund victims of scareware scams using seized assets from fake anti-virus peddler Innovative Marketing.
BT fibre rollout reaches Scotland, Wales
BT's Openreach wing plans to deploy its fibre technology to a further 178 exchanges, the national telco confirmed today.
Disk fab floods rinse $1bn off Intel's Q4 revenue
Chip maker Intel has slashed its final quarter outlook, admitting it will fall short of the company's previous forecast due to a hard drive supply shortage - sparked by flooding in Thai disk factories.
EU stalls Googorola anti-competition probe
The EU has temporarily suspended its probe into Google's planned buyout of Motorola Mobility because it wants more information, including comments from Google's competitors.
Royalty-free web vid spec sets sail with Apple's help
UpdatedA proposed standard to stream video online smoothly, regardless of network conditions, has been pushed forward with some rather unexpected patent-holder help.
Call of Duty is hottest selling entertainment product ever
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has exploded past James Cameron's 3D blockbuster, Avatar, to became the fastest entertainment offering of any kind to achieve $1bn in sales.
Microsoft and Amazon soar above other Clouds
Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni has ranked the clouds its gateway hooks up to and reckons six are good and ten are crap (our term).
Microsoft updates Azure with SDK and Hadoop preview
Microsoft has updated Azure in time for Christmas, with new tools for developers, reduced storage and operation costs for SQL, and Redmond’s promised integration with Hadoop as a limited preview for those who’ve been not naughty but nice.
Japan launches, orbits radar spy satellite
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully put a radar satellite into orbit, ready to watch over its own shores and keep an eye on North Korea.
Malicious apps infiltrate Google's Android Market
Google security crews have tossed at least a dozen smartphone games out of the Android Market after discovering they contained secret code that caused owners to accrue expensive charges for text messages sent to premium numbers.
Kaspersky DLP spin-off buys German security firm
Russian data loss prevention firm InfoWatch has bought German software firm cynapspro.
Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online
If you're looking for a bit of light reading this holiday season, Cambridge University is here to help: they've digitized and made available online over 4,000 pages of the pioneering scientist and mathemetician Sir Isaac Newton's most important works.
Flight Centre settles $US14m legal battle with web supplier
Australian discount airline booker Flight Centre has settled a two year legal stoush against its former web services supplier Dublin-based Datalex.
Martians lived underground, say Oz boffins
A group of Australian scientists have created a “whole of planet” model that suggests large parts of Mars are capable of supporting life – as long as it doesn’t mind living underground.
Oracle and IBM fight for the heavy workload
IBM and Oracle agree about little these days, and they are coming at it from different angles, but both IT giants believe that some companies don't want general-purpose machines; they want machines tuned to run a specific stack of software for a particular kind of workload.
FOI request turns up Carrier IQ surprise
The Carrier IQ scandal is a gift that just keeps giving: a US FOI report suggests that the FBI is using data captured by the creepy smartphone snooping app.
Bullseye gets marked by STW
Australian marketing giant STW has added digital services and technology provider Bullseye to its portfolio.